Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines - Background information

This page contains a number of resources that contain background information on the development and release of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. To download or order the guidelines themselves, please visit guidelines.

Media Releases

March 27, 2012 - Children four and under should move more, sit less and avoid screens

Canada’s first-ever Canadian Physical Activity Guideines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years) and first-ever stand-alone Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years) were released by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and ParticipACTION, with support from with support from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (CHEO-HALO).

March 27, 2012 - NRC Research Press media release: review articles

March 17, 2011 - Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) were released today by McMaster University, in partnership with SCI Action Canada and the Rick Hansen Institute. Website:www.sciactioncanada.ca/guidelines

FEBRUARY 15, 2011 - The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has released the first systematic, evidence-based Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Youth.

JANUARY 24, 2011 - The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology released new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.


Guidelines' Communiqué

Progress updates that were prepared during the development process:


Research Documentation

Review Articles

Systematic Reviews Published in International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA), (May 2010)


Systematic Review Published in International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (IJBNPA), (September 2011)


Methodology Papers

Methodology papers published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism (APNM), March 27, 2012

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0–4 years) (Open Access)

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0–4 years) (Open Access)

Methodology papers Published in Applied Physiology, Nurtrition & Metabolism (APNM), February 15, 2011

Canadian Physical Activty Guidelines (aged 5 and older) (Open Access)

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children (aged 5-11 yeas) and Youth (aged 12-17 years) (Open Access)

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour (AGREE II Reports)

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years)


Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sedentary Behaviour for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years)


Clinical Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity (aged 5 years and older)


Clinical Practice Guidelines for Physical Activity (aged 5 years and older)

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Sedentary Behaviour for Children (aged 5-11 years) and Youth (aged 12-17 years)


Guidelines Foundation Papers

APNM/CJPH Supplement - 2007

(14 papers, Open Access)


October 2011 - Globe & Mail Guidelines advertisement

In the October 3, 2011 issue of the Globe and Mail, an ad for the Guidelines appeared in the Globe & Mail alongside a related article. Click to enlarge:


May 2011 Stakeholder Workshop - Communicating the Guidelines

Get the Guidelines

Also check out the many other resources available from CSEP publications.

Stakeholder Survey Reports

Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the Early Years (aged 0-4 years) Survey Results

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children (aged 5-11 years) and Youth (aged 12-17 years) Survey Results

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Survey Results

PAMG Conferences

In 2006 and 2007, CSEP held three research events for the Physical Activity Measurement and Guidelines (PAMG). More information on these events, including downloads of the slideshows presented there, are available on the following pages:

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